South Korean Immigrants to Canada


The most recent data (2011) shows that immigrants comprised 20.6% of Canada’s population; in other words, one in five people were immigrants.

In 2011, 112,400 immigrants from South Korea resided in Canada.

Nine in ten South Koreans lived in three provinces: Ontario (49.4%), British Columbia (33.6%) and Alberta (8.5%).

About 40% of South Koreans resided in Toronto (43,675), 31% in Vancouver (34,365) and 5% in Calgary (5,565).


We would like to point out that we used data from the National Household Survey (NHS) knowing that its quality is still under criticism because this survey was conducted on a voluntary basis, so its validity, reliability and comparability with other instruments, such as population censuses have become an issue. In fact, before the first release of the NHS results, Statistics Canada issued warnings and cautions when using the NHS data, so use this data prudently.

Citizens from South Korea landed in Canada in recent years

From 2006 to 2015, 53,781 new permanent residents from South Korea landed in Canada.

Landing Year Total
2006 6,210
2007 5,912
2008 7,291
2009 5,874
2010 5,537
2011 4,588
2012 5,315
2013 4,509
2014 4,458
2015 4,087
2006-2015 53,781
Source: Government of Canada

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